Garcon, a grid for one, sil vous plait...

Rohit Khare rohit at xent.com
Tue Sep 9 00:18:08 PDT 2003


> In a question and answer session with the press later in the morning, 
> Phillips added that at present grid computing is meant to be done at a 
> single location among servers in a datacenter and is not designed for 
> computing across multiple locations.

Uh-huh. yeah....

[Chuck is a former Morgan Stanley IT stock analyst.]

http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/09/08/HNphillips_1.html
> Oracle launches the grid
> OracleWorld keynote outlines company's role in grid computing
>  
> By  Ephraim  Schwartz
> September 08, 2003   
>
> SAN FRANCISCO -- Chuck Phillips, executive vice president at Oracle, 
> kicked off the company's big OracleWorld customer show this week with 
> a preview to the coming week that focused on the importance of grid 
> computing to Oracle's future software strategy.
>
>  "IT shops are inefficient because they don’t use their assets 
> efficiently," Phillips said, calling current usage models "islands of 
> computation."
>
> By way of example of IT inefficiency, Phillips said many IT shops have 
> one server running at 90 percent capacity while another runs at 10 
> percent.
>
> "If you have two cars and six people to transport, you wouldn't put 
> five in one car and one in the other," Phillips said.
>
> Load balancing is not easily done, he said, but grid computing will 
> solve the problem.
>
> Phillips also ticked off the confluence of technology events that are 
> now coming together to make the grid happen at this time: cheap 
> computers, commodity blade servers, Internet connections, and an 
> inexpensive OS.
>
> Phillips then took a bit of a shot at rival Microsoft.
>
> "You need an inexpensive OS as opposed to an expensive one that acts 
> as a tax on the user. We have that now [with Linux]," he said.
>
> Explaining Oracle's part to play in the expansion of grid computing, 
> Phillips said what is needed now is a software layer to virtualize all 
> of the components.
>
> "That is what Oracle is doing this week," he said.
>
> However, despite the concept of grid computing as a sharing of 
> resources, Phillips also continued the Oracle mantra of users being 
> better served with a single software environment, from the database 
> through the applications.
>
> "It is the shared infrastructure between our products that makes 
> [grid] possible," he said.
>
> Using grid computing as a way in, Oracle appears to be moving to yet 
> another layer of the software stack with Oracle's introduction of the 
> Enterprise Manager Control console, which will manage all of the 
> applications running on a grid architecture.
>
> "Oracle and grid is the culmination of our strategy," Phillips 
> concluded.
>
> In a question and answer session with the press later in the morning, 
> Phillips added that at present grid computing is meant to be done at a 
> single location among servers in a datacenter and is not designed for 
> computing across multiple locations. 


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